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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Free Technology for Teachers: iNaturalist - Record and Share Observations of Nature

Free Technology for Teachers: iNaturalist - Record and Share Observations of Nature | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From Richard Byrne

 

iNaturalist is a community website for sharing pictures and observations of plants and animals. To enable easy sharing of observations, iNaturalist offers a free Android app and a free iOS app. Using the apps you can take a picture, geo-locate it, write your observations, and upload to the iNaturalist community. If your observation is incomplete, for example if you're not sure of a scientific name, you can ask the community to add comments to improve the recording of your observation.

 

iNaturalist is a community website for sharing pictures and observations of plants and animals. To enable easy sharing of observations, iNaturalist offers a free Android app and a free iOS app. Using the apps you can take a picture, geo-locate it, write your observations, and upload to the iNaturalist community. If your observation is incomplete, for example if you're not sure of a scientific name, you can ask the community to add comments to improve the recording of your observation.

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Chomp - Find the App You're Looking For

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From Netted by the Webbys

 

Search for "bird watching" in iTunes and the first iPad app result is for Soulo Karaoke.

 

Though Apple rightly thinks we sing like birds, Chomp knows we were referring to something more like Peterson Feeder Birds of America. Because Chomp quickly and easily does what standard markets don't: It searches apps by what they do as opposed to what they are named.

 

Of course, the searching excellence extends beyond just iPads to top apps for iPhones and Androids. For daily recommendations and the same powerful discovery methods, its iPhone and Android apps pack the same awesome punch.

 

Even if you're not in the market for a new app, the site's prepopulated pages for free apps of the day, trending apps, and all-time greats are worth browsing. Chomp even produces a monthly trend summary explaining search spikes and app prevalence so everyone can see why Soulo Karaoke isn't at the top of all of your results.

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The Digital Classroom | Online Universities

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Teacher’s Guide Academy Award Series | The Academy

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From Education World

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with Young Minds Inspired, produces a series of teacher’s guides that explore motion pictures. The activities are designed to capitalize on students’ interest in current films, as well as the excitement generated by the Academy Awards, to teach valuable lessons in critical thinking, creative writing and visual literacy.

 

Movies are a huge part of American life, so tying academic lessons into filmmaking is a brilliant way to engage students.All of the teacher materials are straightforward in their presentation and anchored in a specific academic discipline. For example, the activities and lessons found in Media Literacy are all designed for students in high school English, language arts, visual arts and communications classes.

 

Teachers do not have to shoehorn these activities into the curriculum; they are already designed to fit and require no modifications to make them classroom ready.

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Avoid Tables, Demand Visualizations!

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The great thing about information visualization is it turns numerical information – which takes a high cognitive load to process – into visual information, which takes a very low cognitive load to process. Often, this process involves turning a table of numbers into a bar chart, line chart, scatter plot, or some other chart form.

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5 Presentation Tools To Captivate Every Student

5 Presentation Tools To Captivate Every Student | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Creating a presentation that keeps a captive audience engaged is tough. Creating a presentation that keeps distracted students engaged is a much harder task again.

 

Whether your are demonstrating to a class or presenting at a conference, keeping an audience focused on your content is more challenging than it used to be. Children and adult audience members alike, now have glowing distractions in their pockets and are expecting the instant gratification that comes from the Internet generation. Text on slides no longer has the appeal and will easily lose the attention battle to a Facebook update or a new cow on FarmVille.

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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: Top 10 Sites for Photo Editing

Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: Top 10 Sites for Photo Editing | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The skill of being able to edit a photo is a must for anyone fluent in technology. It can help speed up the process of uploading photos for a project, correcting mistakes, and even help "spice" up the mundane. While newer computers might come w/ a photo editing app (iPhoto, Preview, etc.) not all of them do. For that reason, I decided to create a list of my top favorite photo editing sites that not only allows the photo to be resized/edited but add effects as well.

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Chill: It's Like Pinterest For Video

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Pinterest has been blowing up all over the Internet. Pinterest is focused on images, although you can pin videos too. Chill however is a video-only pinboard site, which is its differentiation.

 

Based in Los Angeles, the site launched in its current iteration one month ago. It has received more than 500,000 unique visitors in the first month. Every day, users share 4,000 videos on the site. But should Chill really be called "the Pinterest of video"?

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Leading a Learning Revolution

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Part 4, the final installment of videos from the Learning Without Frontiers 12 conference in London. Presentations here from Stephen Heppell on Child Led Learning, Francis Gilbert on Escaping the Education Matrix, Anthony Salcito on The New Classroom Experience, Jim Knight on If Steve Jobs Designed Schools, Emma Mulqueeny on Young Rewired State, and more.

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Apple TV In The Classroom – The New Smart Board | Emerging Education Technology

Apple TV In The Classroom – The New Smart Board | Emerging Education Technology | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The use of the Apple TV in combination with an iPad in the instructor’s hand provides a mobile platform from which classroom activities can be initiated. Through the use of several apps, teachers can provide notes, display steps and processes to problems, initiate the display of media (pausing and resuming as needed from any location in the classroom), and allow students to participate from their own seats in a variety of interactive activities. This is different than the remote control of a connected teacher laptop to a traditional interactive board. Movement within and between apps is measurably better than the laptop interface, and navigation on the iPad screen directly to the Apple TV is visually more intuitive.

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Selecting the Right Technology Tool: Wikis, Discussion Boards, Journals, and Blogs (Essays on Teaching Excellence) Part Two | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University

Selecting the Right Technology Tool: Wikis, Discussion Boards, Journals, and Blogs (Essays on Teaching Excellence) Part Two | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Tami J. Eggleston

 

In this essay, Eggleston discusses how daunting many faculty find selecting the right technology tool can be. To help with this task, she compares common electronic tools and uses Bloom’s Cognitive Domain Taxonomy (1956) and Chickering and Ehrmann’s Seven Principles of Good Teaching (1996) to connect these tools with skill development teaching goals and effective teaching practices. You can read the entire article or browse CFT resources on academic integrity including our teaching guide on technology and learning which features information on blogs and wikis.

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30 Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

Slide deck created by Richard Byrne (producer of FreeTech4Teachers.com) for a webinar delivered on Feb. 9, 2012. Excellent selection...numerous new tools. -JL

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37 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

37 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

What better way to end Social Media Week than by catching up on all of the new Mashable digital media resources you may have missed?

 

This week we’ve covered a special hack to trick out your Pinterest boards, ways for your business to avoid a hashtag disaster and a rundown of the tech skills companies are looking for in the coming year. You’ll also find the 10 best digital and tech-related quotes from TED Talks, reasons why Twitter is sexier than Facebook and paradoxes that are shaping the future of mobile commerce. We even had a wedding proposal via infographic on Valentine’s Day!

 

Look no further for this week’s very best resources on technology and digital culture.

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High schools to partner with high-tech firms

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Chicago Public Schools will partner with private technology companies -- including Microsoft and IBM -- and the City Colleges of Chicago to operate five early-college schools offering six-year programs focused on technology and career skills. At the end of the program, students will earn a high-school diploma, an associate degree and will be "first in line" for a job interview at the company that partnered with their school, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday. Employment will not be guaranteed.

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A first-hand look inside a flipped classroom | eSchool News

A first-hand look inside a flipped classroom | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

To help peers and skeptics better understand the concept of flipped learning, Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, high school science teachers and pioneers in the Flipped Class ideology, created a first-of-its kind flipped classroom “open house” on Jan. 30, which invited other educators to see how flipped learning works and what students have to say about it. The event took place in two countries, 20 states, and more than 30 cities and towns.

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Why We're All Suddenly Obsessed With Pinterest

Why We're All Suddenly Obsessed With Pinterest | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

It's a good question! The fact is that blogs are filled with articles about Pinterest. For my part, I am absolutely convinced that this kind of social media will wreak havoc among users... and you? [note mg]

 

It's addictive, fun, visually appealing, and easy, so it's no wonder Pinterest, the popular visual bookmarking site, has hooked millions of users. That said, the site’s growth (below) was fairly flat from its launch in early 2010 until September 2011. But since then, it’s simply been going gangbusters, begging the question--why now? Here are three reasons why we think it’s become so attractive.

 

1. Pinterest rides (and defines) a new trend: social relevance.

 

Pinterest is successfully riding a new trend wave in the social space, moving mechanisms for content sharing beyond connections (friends) and towards relevance, effectively broadening the social horizon for us content addicts.

 

Read more: http://www.fastcompany.com/1818729/why-are-we-all-suddenly-pinterested


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Google Docs Tips and Tricks

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The Google Docs team offers a long list of tips and tricks for the App.


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VLC 2.0 Breaks Handbrake DVD Ripping; Here's How to Fix It

VLC 2.0 Breaks Handbrake DVD Ripping; Here's How to Fix It | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

VLC 2.0 is awesome, but if you've tried to rip DVDs with Handbrake after installing it on a Mac, you've probably found that it no longer works. Here's how to fix it.

 

Handbrake can't rip DVDs on its own; you need VLC installed to provide the necessary DVD decrypting libraries. However, VLC 2.0 changes the code libraries it uses for decrypting, which means

Handbrake won't be able to find them—and will throw you an error saying it can't find your VLC installation. The solution, luckily, is very simple: just download the missing library manually. Head to this page and download the libdvdcss.pkg file and run the installer. When it's done, you should be able to rip DVDs again. Alternatively, you can download the libdvdcss.2.dylib file from that page and manually place it in the /usr/lib folder on your Mac. Hit the link to read more.

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5 Current Technologies That Will Shape Our Classrooms

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“Books will soon be obsolete in schools … Our school system will be completely changed in the next 10 years.” ~ Thomas Edison, 1913

It has been nearly 100 years since Thomas Edison made this bold prediction and books are still a common feature in most, if not every classroom. It is difficult to see what cutting edge technologies will change education, but there are a number of current technologies that are now making the jump to our classrooms. Here are five current technologies that are about to shape student engagement and make teaching more simple, effective and enjoyable.

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30 Ways Homeschoolers Are Using Pinterest | Edudemic

30 Ways Homeschoolers Are Using Pinterest | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Pinterest has proven itself to be a valuable tool for so many people: photographers, designers, craft artists, wedding planners, moms, and more. It’s a great place to discover interesting ideas, organize your thoughts, and pin down resources that otherwise might get lost in the shuffle.

 

Homeschooling parents make up another group that benefits greatly from Pinterest, as they share unit studies, school room inspiration, and fun classroom project ideas. Read on to learn more about how homeschoolers are finding value in Pinterest, and some of the interesting ways they’re putting the site to work in the home classroom

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Dig Deep with Project-Based Learning | Powerful Learning Practice

Dig Deep with Project-Based Learning | Powerful Learning Practice | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Patti Grayson

 

This is an outstanding personal narrative of Ms. Grayson's  journey from awareness to  implementation to affirmation in learning PBL in grad school and using it with her 4th grade class.

Excellently done and most informative. -JL

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Leading a Learning Revolution - Sir Ken Robinson

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Sir Ken Robinson provides the closing statement for the LWF 12 conference (Sept. 2011) under the theme "leading a learning revolution". Reforms are required for our industrial scale education systems but what forms shall they take, what will they value and what purpose shall they serve?

In closing the conference Sir Ken reflects upon earlier speakers statements and offers a call to action for the delegates to look at the future with a new determination based upon the challenges that future generations face and where our education systems will need to nurture the creative innovators upon which our future well-being will be placed.

 

This has just been posted and is, I believe, perhaps the latest video by Robinson currently online. (Scroll toward bottom) -JL

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OnLive Desktop Plus Puts Windows 7 on the iPad in Blazing Speed - State of the Art

OnLive Desktop Plus Puts Windows 7 on the iPad in Blazing Speed - State of the Art | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By David Pogue - NY Times  (THIS IS A BIG DEAL -JL)

 

You’re probably paying something like $60 a month for high-speed Internet. I’m paying $5 a month, and my connection is 1,000 times faster.

 

OnLive Desktop Plus gives the iPad ultrafast Flash Web browsing and the full Microsoft Office suite. Your iPad can’t play Flash videos on the Web. Mine can.

 

Your copy of Windows needs constant updating and patching and protection against viruses and spyware. Mine is always clean and always up-to-date.

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Greg Mankiw's Blog: Academic Uses of Social Media

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This is from a panel discussion held at Harvard last year.


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Social Media for Education Leaders

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Neil Hopkin, award-winning executive head teacher in two schools we’re working with in South London, sums up in this month’s kick-off video, above, his top strategies for leaders beginning to think about introducing social networks to their institutions. This post is inspired by his words, and expands upon them.

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